For The Record: Quick News On R.E.M., Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Billy Joel, George Michael, Static-X & More

Peter Buck's retrial began Monday (March 18) in London with the prosecutors describing the R.E.M. guitarist's alleged drunken behavior on a flight from Seattle to London last April. The trial is expected to last eight days. ... In other courtroom news, Marilyn Manson's hearing on disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident at Ozzfest near Detroit last summer has been pushed back from Monday (March 18) to March 27. Manson is accused of rubbing his genitals on a security guard's neck. ... Piano men Elton John and Billy Joel have cancelled their remaining seven April and May U.S. dates in New York, Boston and New Jersey on orders from Joel's doctor. According to John's Web site, there are plans to reschedule the dates in September and October, but details are unknown. ...

Phish's Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade will headline the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival June 21-23 on farmland in Manchester, Tennessee. Other acts scheduled include Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, the String Cheese Incident, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, moe., Galactic and Jack Johnson. ... George Michael's video for "Freeek," a single recently released in Europe, had to be edited by British and French broadcasters because it features mating dogs, nudity and swearing, according to Reuters. Michael has yet to finish the song's accompanying album and there is no word on a release date. ...

Static-X have joined the likes of the WWF's Undertaker and the Insane Clown Posse as subjects of a new Chaos! Comics sci-fi action series. The comic will be released July 24 and will be packaged with an exclusive CD. ... Neil Young has come down with a case of the flu, causing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to postpone shows scheduled for March 15 in Tacoma, Washington, and March 17 in Portland, Oregon. The band has rescheduled for April 28 and 29, respectively. ... Swedish garage-punk band the Hellacopters have scheduled an 18-date U.S. tour that starts March 29 in San Diego and runs through April 22 in New York. The band is touring to support last year's High Visibility, which is about to be released in America. ...

03.15.02

Tool will release the six-minute-long "Parabola" as their next radio single from Lateralus. Guitarist Adam Jones has created yet another surreal video to accompany the track. ... Detroit will prove once again that it has more than just fine automobiles to offer on April 19 when the city honors its musicians at the 2002 Detroit Music Awards. Rock City's nominees include Madonna, Eminem, D12, the White Stripes, Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock, while Royce Da 5'9", Obie Trice and Paradime are among those who will appear live. ... Godsmack, Joey McIntyre, Letters to Cleo's Kay Hanley, Reveille and Tracy Bonham are among the performers scheduled for the 15th annual Boston Music Awards on April 11 at the Orpheum Theatre. Staind, Aerosmith and American Hi-Fi lead all nominees with seven each, while Godsmack, LFO, Vertical Horizon and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo all earned multiple nominations. ...

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Coldplay's Chris Martin and the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne are among the guests on U.K. drum 'n' bass DJ Faultline's upcoming album, Your Love Means Everything, due in May. Stipe sings on "Greenfields," a cover of the 1960 track by the Brothers Four. ... Stateside drum 'n' bass specialist Aphrodite, meanwhile, takes a hip-hop approach to his latest studio album, Aftershock, due in May. It features guest vocals from Rah Digga, Big Daddy Kane and Schooly D, who appears on the first single, "Hoochie." Aphrodite begins a 13-date North American tour Thursday at Centro-Fly in New York City. ...

Marc Moreland, lead guitarist and songwriter for Wall of Voodoo, the Los Angeles new wave band behind the 1984 hit "Mexican Radio," died Wednesday from complications following a liver transplant. The 44-year-old released Take It to the Spotlight under the name Marc Moreland Mess on March 5, but relatives told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune he was too sick to hear the finished mix. ... Counting Crows will perform new material from their as-yet-untitled fourth album, due in July, on five dates with the Who this summer. After four shows in California — Irvine (June 29), Los Angeles (July 1), Mountain View (July 3) and Marysville (July 4) — they will play at the Gorge, near Seattle (July 6). ...

Jersey-grown Jon Bon Jovi and his bounty huntin', six-stringin' partner Richie Sambora are scheduled to play Nashville's Ryman Auditorium April 14 as part of "Willie and Friends," a tribute to country rock legend Willie Nelson. Dave Matthews Band, Brian McKnight and Ryan Adams are also slated to perform at the all-star salute. ... Four days after the April 9 release of their eighth album, Gutterflower, the Goo Goo Dolls will headline the Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert at the 28th Annual Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach, California. ... Charlatans UK have assembled Songs From the Other Side, a 17-track collection of B-sides and extras, for release on May 7. ...